PenNorth February 2014

Branch Information:

Meeting Dates:

A full list of 2014 meeting dates and venues is available here or email  northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com for details.

NorthWrite 2013: Collaboration:

Our congratulations to Northland member Jac Jenkins who, with her Waikato partner, took out first place equal and second place equal in our NorthWrite2013: Collaboration Competition. Congratulations also to members Daphne de Jong and Lesley Marshall who received an honourable mention with their story The Gallery. For judges’ comments and to read the first and second placed entries please go here. The full list of placed entries is:

First equal:
Ahi Ka by Eileen Mueller and Alicia Ponder
…for a coffee? / Cups by Alistair Tulett and Jac Jenkins

Second equal:
In the forest, by the stream / Shade by Alistair Tulett and Jac Jenkins
A Ghost at My Shoulder by Alistair Tulett and Jac Jenkins

Honourable Mentions:
This Other Door  by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
The Gallery  by Daphne de Jong and Lesley Marshall

 Members’ announcements:

  • Jac also won the 2013 takahē POETRY COMPETITION with her poem Uncoupling which has been published in the December takehe magazine.
  • Sian Williams is also in the December takehe magazine with her essay Abduction and Retribution, Persephone and Madeleine which was placed second equal in the 2012 takahē CULTURAL STUDIES COMPETITION.
  • Trish Nicholson has published a new eBook: Writing Your Nonfiction Book – The Complete Guide to Becoming an Author with Collca. Details here . Her book has also been adopted by an international writers’ college as a required text.

  • Remember to let us know of your achievements by emailing them to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

Northland To Host the 2014 NZ Society of Authors AGM

Northland is hosting the national AGM of the NZ Society of Authors in Whangarei on the weekend of May 23-25. It is also the society’s 80th birthday and we’re putting on a birthday bash!

We’ll gather on Friday evening for registration and welcome at The Shutter Room in the Old Library on Rust Ave. Our AGM will also be held in The Shutter Room on Saturday morning. After the AGM we are suggesting lunch at the Town Basin and a stroll through the sculptured Poetry Walk or down the river to the Waka and Wave Sculpture by Chris Booth and Te Warihi Hetaraka. There will be an alternative in place in case of rain.

Saturday afternoon will include a selection of workshops which will be open to members and non-members. These will be advertised as we get them sorted nearer the time. On Saturday evening we are looking at having a catered meal in the main room at the Old Library with music, short readings, poetry and general fun. 

National Events:

Page & Blackmore Booksellers Short Story Competition 

The Top of the South branch is launching the 2014 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition. Last year the competition received 92 entries from around the country, from Kaitaia to Dunedin. This year’s judge is Graeme Lay. The word limit is 1500 words and the closing date is 30th April 2014. Entry forms and full entry conditions are available from bruceastridge[at]aol[dot]com or Page & Blackmore Booksellers , Nelson. Note that entries will be restricted to the first 100 received. All others will be returned, along with the $20 entry fee.

Competitions and Awards:

For information on other competitions and awards please use NZSA’s Death by Deadline . Also make use of the NZSA website  to find out what’s on. 

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